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Quartz Q-4A180/CXP Area Scan Camera

POSTED 06/13/2011

rong>Adimec introduces industry’s first dual CoaXPress camera; New QUARTZ Q-4A180/CXP combines 4 MP imaging, 180 fps performance with benefits of CoaXPress interface

QUARTZ quality plus dual CXP configuration offers most cost-effective implementation for high-speed cameras.

Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Adimec, a world leader in application-specific, leading-edge industrial camera solutions, today introduced the Quartz Q-4A180/CXP area scan camera, the industry’s first camera to support a dual CoaXPress interface . This camera delivers the performance and cost benefits of the CoaXPress standard, and combines proven global shutter CMOS technology with the proprietary Adimec True Accurate Imaging® approach. This results in CCD-like image quality with unmatched speed. The Q4A180/CXP transmits 180 frames per second (FPS) at a 2048 x 2048 resolution with 10 bits per pixel over two standard coaxial cables with lengths over 60 meters without repeaters.

The 4-megapixel (MP) Q-4A180/CXP camera will be featured on Adimec’s display at the upcoming Image Sensing Show (ISS) June 8-10 in Yokohama, Japan . The camera will be shown running in conjunction with a frame grabber from Aval Data, Corporation, one of the leading supporters of CoaXPress. Also at the event, Adimec will participate in the first CoaXPress Plugfest to demonstrate compatibility with Version 1.0 of the standard, which was universally ratified earlier this year.

More and more system developers are interested in the advantages of CoaXPress to reduce costs, enable more connectivity flexibility, and achieve higher transmission rates over long distances, all at the same time. Traditionally Camera Link has been the preferred interface option for high speed cameras, though the high costs of rigid cabling and limitations in data rates have driven the industry to new approaches.

The dual CoaXPress interface of the Q-4A180/CXP camera supports the CXP-5 configuration of the standard. It utilizes two standard coaxial cables, each with a maximum transmission rate of 5 Gbps over 60 meters. The costs of these cables are one-tenth of a single Camera Link cable, while enabling far greater transmission length without additional costs of repeaters or extenders. The CoaXPress standard also supports power over cable, reducing the need for a separate power connection.

“CoaXPress has emerged as a preferred interface option thanks to its performance capabilities and low-cost implementation. For applications in outdoor and machine vision markets, it is an ideal way to address speed requirements and cost reductions at the same time,” said Marcel Dijkema, strategic product manager at Adimec. “By offering our highest speed camera family with CoaXPress, we are further enabling the advantages CoaXPress delivers.”

Adding CoaXPress to the Q-4A180, results in one of the most advanced CMOS cameras available. The camera offers a range of quality-enhancing features. Advanced Flat Field Correction (FFC) capabilities, even in color and with field calibration support, deliver better image uniformity. The camera delivers signal-to-noise improvements of up to 12 dB shot noise improvement compared to off-the-shelf CMOS sensor performance. It also offers an HDR mode for large scene dynamic capture capabilities. With CoaXPress, this quality data is now available at maximum resolution and speed in true 10 bits per pixel, eliminating a clear limitation of the Camera Link interface (8 bits only).

The Q-4A180/CXP camera is available in monochrome or color models, and offers optional near infrared (NIR) capabilities. Solutions with anti-reflection coatings are supported to maximize the application performance. Customization of the camera is supported to optimally fit the application needs.

About Adimec
Adimec specializes in the development and manufacturing of high-performance cameras that meet the application-specific requirements of key market segments, including machine vision, medical imaging, and outdoor imaging. Founded in 1992, the company partners with major OEMs around the world to facilitate the creation of industry-leading cameras. Its products meet a wide range of performance, size, cost, interface and application requirements and its Adimec True Accurate Imaging® technology provides new levels of precision and accuracy to vision systems. Adimec has offices around the world focused on creating customer value and satisfaction through local, personalized support.

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